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What Are Verrucaes?
They are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which is highly contagious through direct person to person contact. It is most common in children and teenagers and can appear as a single verrucae or a cluster. The virus is thought to thrive in moist, damp environments such as swimming pools, changing room floors and communal shower areas. It is possible to contract verrucae simply by walking across the same floor area as someone with a verruca, especially if you have any small or invisible cuts or abrasions that make it easier for the virus to penetrate.
What You Might Experience:
- An area of thickened skin with small black dots in the centre.
- The area can be painful on pinching the area rather than on direct pressure
How Can It Be Treated?
If they are not painful we would advise to leave and let the body build up a resistance to the virus and destroy it. However, if it is painful or spreading then a routine treatment with a podiatrist will be needed to assess for treatment. We advise that you do not buy over the counter remedies as they tend not to work.